Higher Ed Bargains For Feds, In One Chart

Interested in continuing your post-secondary education in a program that caters to full-time employees? Now is a good time for federal workers and their dependents to consider several available options that are more affordable and accessible than the traditional route.

The Office of Personnel Management now has partnerships with six schools across the country to offer feds, their spouses and legal dependents, access to a multitude of certification, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in various areas, including business, cybersecurity, criminal justice, digital forensics, health care administration and human resources management. Federal employees can pursue college degrees online or in person at up to 70 percent off regular tuition rates, depending on the institution and the program.

So far, OPM has alliances with Central Michigan University, Champlain College, Excelsior College, Penn State, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and University of Maryland University College. More partnerships are coming, said OPM acting Director Beth Cobert, in an Aug. 22 blog post.

“I encourage all federal employees to continue to expand their knowledge and education,” Cobert wrote. “We hope these discounts make it easier for you and your family to reach your educational goals.”

As the new school year cranks up, here’s a breakdown and comparison of the 2016-2017 higher education opportunities available to feds, including tuition, programs, and admission requirements. Champlain College compiled the chart, with input from the other institutions listed. Click on the graphic to view a larger version. 

SOURCE:  Champlain College Online, with input from mentioned institutions

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